Steckline Gallery presents ‘Biota of Wichita: A Study’ for First Friday Nov. 4

Nov 01, 2022
"Biota of Wichita: A Study" by Emily Ritter

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

Kurt Vonnegut

Steckline Gallery will welcome artist Emily E. Ritter to campus for her exhibition, “Biota of Wichita: A Study,” during a First Friday exhibition from 4:30-8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Newman University.

An Artist Talk event, which includes a discussion with the artist, will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

“Biota of Wichita: A Study” will remain on display Nov. 3-Nov. 24.

About the artist

Ritter creates and combines installations, prints and sculptural objects that incorporate materials that would have otherwise been discarded.

Through her artwork, she explores the theme of human irresponsibility and its consequences on different species and environments.

Emily E. Ritter (courtesy photo)
Emily E. Ritter (courtesy photo)

“As a person that is conscious of how consumption affects our planet, I still produce waste,” Ritter wrote in her artist statement. “My goal is to initiate a conversation about the ecological issues that plague our planet and encourage the viewer to think about their actions and role.”

Ritter earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking from Wichita State University in 2012. She became an intern-in-residence at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, in 2014, then earned her master’s degree in fine arts from Arizona State University in 2018. Ritter has exhibited her work both locally and nationally.

About Steckline Gallery

The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information, email Director of Steckline Gallery Shannon Johnston at [email protected].

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